In Matthew Henry's commentary on Romans 1, he has the below to say: It has been observed that the most refined nations, that made the greatest show of wisdom, were the arrantest fools in religion. The barbarians adored the sun and moon, which of all others was the most specious idolatry; while the learned Egyptians worshipped an ox and an onion. The Grecians, who excelled them in wisdom, adored diseases and human passions. The Romans, the wisest of all, worshipped the furies. And at this day the poor Americans worship the thunder; while the ingenious Chinese adore the devil. I think I follow most of these, but I am not following his comment about Americans. Matthew Henry lived 1663-1714. The British colonies existed 1602–1776. In historical context, is he referring to the American Indians, and their worship of nature? Passage reference: Romans 1:22-23 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.